SOUTH BEND — As Ivy Tech Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary, the class of 2013 on Friday, May 10, celebrated graduation.
Eight-hundred and forty-six students from the college’s North Central Region received degrees and certificates in the ceremony at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center on Friday, May 10.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered the commencement address and congratulated the graduates on their achievements and for making the decision to invest in themselves through education.
“You are here because you chose to invest in yourself,” he said. “There are other things you could have done with that time and money.”
“In a time of brain drain for our areas, you represent brain gain,” Buttigieg told the graduates. “I encourage you to invest as much energy and effort in your next venture as you have in this one.”
Michael Staszewski, president of Ivy Tech’s Student Government Association, said the evening of celebration was the result of his and his classmates’ perseverance.
“You never let your failures define you,” Staszewski said in his address. “You refused to fail and you became a success.”
“Each of you has a story,” said Regional Chancellor Thomas Coley. “Now I encourage you to go out and tell your story.”